College Football Playoff: 2015 Dark Horse Conference Champion Contenders

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Dec 27, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. (4) looks to pass during the first quarter against the USC Trojans in the 2014 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten – Nebraska Cornhuskers

The Cornhuskers have been second-guessing joining the Big Ten practically since their first season in the conference. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride…and sometimes not even invited to the wedding it seems.

But Nebraska has a solid team who plays good fundamental football. This will be the first year without Bo Pelini, being replaced by Mike Riley. Many times the first year for a new coach can be the most successful. The Huskers play in a wide open West division, and if they can improve both their conference and overall record by just two more wins from last season, they’ll be right there in the mix.

Again, scheduling is in Nebraska’s favor. They miss Ohio State, Michigan, Maryland and Penn State this season. Their toughest challenges will be against Wisconsin and Michigan State.

Getting into the Big Ten Championship Game is probably the least of the problems however. Beating the East division champion would be the real test, especially if the Ohio State Buckeyes repeat.

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